Cyprus and the Balance of Empires
Art and Archaeology from Justinian I to the Coeur de Lion
Edited by Charles Anthony Stewart, Thomas W. Davis and Annemarie Weyl Carr
Between 491 and 1191 AD, Cyprus was influenced by various political and cultural centres that vied for dominance in the Eastern Mediterranean. This collection of essays primarily focuses on the island's archaeology when it was governed by the Byzantine capital of Constantinople. Greek and Orthodox Christian identity was cultivated during this period, which provided a sense of unity among the various provinces; and yet, the surviving historical and archaeological data concerning Cyprus is unique in that it expresses both local and regional characteristics. By investigating the various threads, whether textual, numismatic, architectural, or artistic, narrative has emerged that challenges our past assumptions.
The themes covered in this volume developed from a conference held in Nicosia, organized by the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute celebrating the 50th year anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus. An international group of experts explored several themes such as: the impact of recent archaeological discoveries; the shift from studying Late Antique urbanism to rural development; indicators of Cypriot identity; shifts in population settlement, production and trade; cultural interaction between Islam and Christianity; the significance of ceramic and numismatic evidence; monumental figural arts and their iconographical interpretation. The resulting chapters provide new and previously unpublished data, and should be considered a major contribution to Late Antique and Medieval studies.
151 colour and black & white illustrations included.
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Chapter 1 – The Significance of the Basilica at Agioi Pente of Yeroskipou Demetrios Michaelides
Chapter 2 – A Brief History of Byzantine Archaeological Research on Cyprus Thomas W. David & Charles Anthony Stewart
Chapter 3 – Christianity in Cyprus in the Fourth to Seventh Centuries Claudia Rapp
Chapter 4 – The Troodos in Twilight: A Provincial Landscape in the Time of Justinians Marcus Rautman
Chapter 5 – The North-South Divide in Byzantine Cyprus: Some Evidence form Lead Seals and Coins D.M. Metcalf
Chapter 6 – The Katalymata ton Plakoton: New Light from the Recent Archaeological Research in Byzantine Cyprus Eleni Procopiou
Chapter 7 – Chypre et les Arabes avant les croisades a la lumiere des sources arabes M. Tahar Mansouri (English Abstract)
Chapter 8 – The Development of Byzantine Architecture on Cyprus Charles Anthony Stewart
Chapter 9 – Cypriot Icons before the Twelfth Century Sophocles Sophocleous
Chapter 10 – The Stuff of Life: the Material Culture of Everyday Living on Middle Byzantine Cyprus (11th-12th Centuries) Maria Parani
Appendix: Compositional Analysis of a Copper-Alloy Dish of the Middle Byzantine Period in the A. Pitsillides Collection Vasiliki Kassianidou
Chapter 11 – The Program of the Panagia Pergaminiotissa: A Narrative in Perspective Annemarie Carr Weyl
Chapter 12 – Decoding Cyprus from Late Antiquity to Renaissance: Discordant Visions, Saints, and Sacred Topography Tassos Papacostas
Historic Persons and Places
Subjects, Monuments, and Events
...In this volume, each essay offers some valuable perspective or suggestion that contributes to our broader understanding of the art, history, and archaeology of late antique, Byzantine, and medieval Cyprus.
Review of Biblical Literature, 8.18.16
Beautifully and extensively illustrated throughout, the strengths of this collection lie in the impressively long periods covered and the inclusion of binary approaches such as urban/rural life (Rautman), interior/exterior view of the islands (Papacostas) and religious/secular life (Parani). Much recommended.
Medieval Archaeology, Vol 59 (2015)
Charles Anthony Stewart is Assistant Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture at the University of St. Thomas, Houston.
Thomas W. Davis is an archaeologist with more than two decades of field experience in Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, and the United States, from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Annemarie Weyl Carr was member of the department of Art History at the Southern Methodist University.
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Charles Anthony Stewart
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ASOR Archaeological Reports
- The Ayl to Ras an-Naqab Archaeological Survey, Southern Jordan 2005-2007
- Cyprus and the Balance of Empires - Art and Archaeology from Justinian I to the Coeur de Lion
- Engendering Aphrodite - Women and Society in Ancient Cyprus
- Humayma Excavation Project, 1 - Resources, History and the Water-Supply System
- Humayma Excavation Project, 2 - Nabatean Campground and Necropolis, Byzantine Churches, and Early Islamic Domestic Structures
- The Joint Expedition to Caesarea Maritima Excavation Reports - Field O: The Synagogue Site
- The Joint Expedition to Caesarea Maritima Excavation Reports - The Coins and the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Economy of Palestine
- Khirbat Iskandar - Final Report on the Early Bronze IV Area C Gateway and Cemeteries
- The Mithraeum at Caesarea Maritima - The Joint Expedition to Caesarea Maritima Excavation Reports Vol II
- Pyla-Koutsopetria I - Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coastal Town
- The Roman Aqaba Project - Final Report, Volume 1: The Regional Environment and the Regional Survey
- The Roman Marble Sculptures from the Sanctuary of Pan at Caesarea Philippi/Panias (Israel)
- The Shammakh to Ayl Archaeological Survey, Southern Jordan 2010-2012
- Shechem I - The Middle Bronze IIB Pottery
- Shechem III - The Stratigraphy and Architecture of Shechem/Tell Balatah: Two Volume Set
- Shechem IV - The Persian-Hellenistic Pottery of Shechem/Tell Balat'ah
- Shechem V - The Late Bronze Age Pottery from Field Xiii at Shechem / Tell Balatah
- Sotira Kaminoudhia - An Early Bronze Age Site in Cyprus
- The Tafila-Busayra Archaeological Survey 1999-2001, West-central Jordan
- Tel Tanninim - Excavations at Krokodeilon Polis, 1996-1999
- Tell er-Rumeith - The Excavations of Paul W. Lapp, 1962 and 1967